Melbourne Women’s Fund has a simple aim: to engage Melbourne women in philanthropy which benefits our community.

This is done by women coming together in “A Giving Circle”, to pool their financial, intellectual, professional and personal resources to benefit groups and organisations in Melbourne that are bravely dealing with issues that undermine the quality of life and futures of women and their families.

Membership is open to all women, of any age, interest or background – we only ask that they add value by contributing their donation so we can grow the fund and make a real difference.

Melbourne Women’s Fund is a newly established (2014) Collective Giving Account, under the auspices of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.



Melbourne Women’s Fund was co- founded by Patricia Burke and Gillian Hund, friends and philanthropy colleagues who recognised a need in Melbourne for the establishment of a women’s giving circle.

Both women were inspired by visiting philanthropic leader and luminary Colleen Willoughby, who co-founded the Washington Women’s Foundation nearly twenty years ago. It has served as a guiding light for many similar giving circles across the USA and now in Australia. Colleen was brought to Australia on a speaking tour regarding “The Power of Collaborative Giving” by the Australian Women Donors Network in 2013. She has been instrumental in providing advice and encouragement during Melbourne Women’s Fund establishment.

Melbourne Women’s Fund is a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.


Patricia Burke and Gillian Hund

Founding Patron

Colleen Willoughby, Co-Founder, Washington Women’s Foundation (USA)

Advisory Committee:

Patricia Burke – Co-Founder, Victoria & Tasmania Manager, Philanthropy Australia & NFP Board Director
Gillian Hund – Co-Founder, Grant Admin Officer, Jack Brockhoff Foundation & NFP Board Director
Catherine Brown – CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Melissa Chen – Director – Mill Interiors, aiding Royal Melbourne Hospital
Amy Coote – Head of Partnerships, Austin Health & Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre
Lindy Freeman – Adult Educator, NFP Board Member and Philanthropist
Jan Hirst – past CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation
Tiziana Pittui – Head of Insights and Information, Murray Goulburn Dairy

(Please be advised that the Advisory Committee members are all involved on a pro bono basis.)

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

LMCF_Logo_150x133Melbourne Women’s Fund is a sub-fund of The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, which is a leading philanthropic organisation and the largest community foundation in Australia.

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